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Xavi agrees with Bruno Lage about Adama Traore

Adama Traore has made a flying start to his second coming at Barcelona.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers star re-joined his hometown club on loan in January, with Barcelona holding the option to make the transfer permanent for around £25million in the summer.

Barcelona boss Xavi has immediately placed Traore into his starting line-up and the 26-year-old repaid him with excellent showings against Atletico Madrid and Espanyol.

Traore has registered an assist in both of his appearances for Barcelona in La Liga and should feature in their Europa League clash with Napoli on Thursday evening.

Xavi – who was the main driver of Barcelona’s interest in Traore – has praised the winger after his stunning start in Spain.

“He is giving us a lot. He is a mature player. He takes really good positions,” Xavi said, via Football Espana.

“He draws players off their mark to get the ball out to the other wing. He takes people on in one-on-ones and he understands it well.

“He is able to make the difference. He is very strong one-on-one. He makes the difference in matches and I am very happy for him.”

Xavi went on to call Traore “very professional and a great guy”, which echoes the thoughts of Wolves head coach Bruno Lage.

Speaking about Traore shortly after his exit, Lage said: “I said in the beginning, Adama started the season very well and should have scored three or four goals with the way he created chances.

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